By John Smith • 08 February 2020 • 10:11
Escalera del Tio Pepe
Credit: Gibraltar Government
FIVE years after the placing of special old street signs in Gibraltar, a new selection is being added to points of interest around the Rock.
These plaques contain a short description of the street’s old colloquial name and from where it derives.
In collaboration with the Gibraltar Heritage Trust and working jointly with local historians, the large easily readable plaques are located at the following sites:
Further information on these new street plaque locations can be found by way of an updated leaflet at all Tourist Information Offices and at the Gibraltar Heritage Trust,
The leaflet includes a street map full of local information with a recommended trail which will take visitors into the historic old town for the main stops on route. The route aims to give an understanding for the history of Gibraltar’s street names and events or activities that led them to be known by their colourful names.
Street names in Gibraltar only became official in the 1970’s, when street signs (written in English) were first erected by the Police. Until then, streets had no official names and were therefore referred to either by their function or relevance, after some landmark or building on the street, or after an important property owner living on that street.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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